Community Governance Review

St Albans will soon start to conduct a Community Governance Review (CGR) of the parish and town councils’ electoral arrangements in the District, starting around January 2022 and concluding in approximately December 2022.  Publication of a timetable has been postponed but is expected later in October 2021.

There will be meetings arranged by St Albans District Council to promote the CGR and to encourage residents to give their comments and opinions. We will publish details here as soon as there is more information from the District Council.

The purpose of a CGR is to ensure that an area’s electoral and community governance arrangements are appropriate and continue to reflect local identities.  A CGR can alter the boundary of an existing parish or group a number of parishes together in a grouped parish council.  The outcome for Harpenden Rural Parish Council will be determined by evidence and opinion gathered from local residents, and any changes arising from the CGR will take effect from the next scheduled parish council elections in May 2023

Any changes arising from the CGR will take effect from the next scheduled parish council elections in May 2023 .

Unlike the LGBCE review completed in 2020, a CGR can alter the outer boundaries of parishes.

2022 District Ward Boundary Changes

The St Albans District Council (Electoral Changes) Order 2021 was made on 28 July 2021. It is a law to implement recommendations made by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) for new electoral arrangements in St Albans District Council.

New ward arrangements for St Albans District Council have now successfully completed a 40 day period of Parliamentary scrutiny and will come into force at the local elections in May 2022. Under these new arrangements, Harpenden Rural will move from Redbourn into the new Harpenden North and Rural district ward.

The Order for St Albans District Council can be viewed through the following link.

The Order refers to a map which can be viewed here.

Following LGBCE’s review, St Albans will be conducting its own Community Governance Review (CGR) of the parish and town councils’ electoral arrangements in the District, starting around October 2021.  Any changes arising from the CGR will take effect from the next scheduled parish council elections in May 2023 . Unlike the LGBCE review, a CGR can alter the outer boundaries of parishes.